Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Syria: EU Lifts Arms Embargo On Rebel/Terrorist Groups

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said there are no immediate plans to send weapons to Syrian rebels after the EU decided to end its arms embargo.

Britain and France had pushed for the ban on supplying the opposition forces fighting Bashar al Assad's regime to be lifted and the failure of ministers to agree an extension to the embargo during 12 hours of talks means it will now end on June 1.

Mr Hague said after the meeting Monday that the decision "sends a very strong message from Europe to the Assad regime".

Sky's foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall said the decision would make little difference in the short-term.